Chanteur et pianiste Rock 'n' Roll Anglais né Frederick John Cheesman le 24 Novembre 1937 à Newcastle. Freddie "Fingers" Lee a débuté à l'orée des années soixante. Chanteur et showman exceptionnel, son style et son jeu de piano rappelle celui de Jerry Lee Lewis. Il est décédé le 14 Janvier 2014.

One of British rock ’n’ roll’s most colourful characters is Freddie ’Fingers’ Lee, a guy who never lost the true spirit of rock ’n’ roll. Freddie’s career started in the fifties as a guitarist in a skiffle group, playing between films on the Star Cinema circuit. His life profoundly changed in 1957, when Jerry Lee Lewis released ’A Whole Lotta Shakin’ and that inspired him to take up the piano. Freddie said, "All I had heard as a kid was Winifred Atwell and I just didn’t believe that a human being could play piano like that." Freddie started down the road to nuttydom playing piano for Screamin' Lord Sutch, his long time partner in crime, while the young Ritchie Blackmore took over his job on guitar. He later joined Eden Kane’s band touring with Cliff Richard and Marty Wilde until, like many other British acts in the sixties, he found his way to Hamburg, initially playing with Sutch and later joining the houseband at the legendary Top Ten Club and The Star Club. When asked the inevitable questions about the Beatles, Freddie said "Lennon was a nut case but they were the same as the rest of us, just a bunch of working-class lads playing the circuit, we didn’t see them any differently; it just happened for them and they got on." Years later Paul McCartney paid Freddie the ultimate tribute by inviting him on stage at The Hammersmith Odeon. It was, however, visiting Americans who made Hamburg memorable for Freddie, when he met and sat in with all of the rock ’n’ roll greats. "I played with Jerry Lee Lewis for a week, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Crickets and Gene Vincent, I also met Sam Cooke there, who was a real gentleman". These musicians, particularly Jerry Lee, remained an enduring influence on Freddie’s prolific writing career which eventually resulted in 19 singles, 8 albums, 12 compilations and had stars such as Tom Jones and Charlie Gracie covering his songs. "In my mind and in my music, I stayed in the fifties; I love country music though and do a few country numbers in the set, there are so many facets to it, from Cash to Lewis. Rock ’n’ roll is pure excitement, there is nothing else that can make an entire audience, of all ages and descriptions, start stamping their feet. It’s that incessant drive in the beat. Fads come and go but rock’n’roll has stayed. I have been playing it since day one and I’m still playing it now". For many people, Freddie burst into prominence with the 1979 revival of the Jack Good TV show ’Oh Boy’ which made him a household name, especially on the continent. "I have followed the re-runs of it right across Europe, playing major dates of the back of it. ’Oh Boy’ sparked a massive following in Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany and, believe it or not, in Africa". Freddie’s life now consists of jetting backwards and forwards across European capitals playing festivals and TV dates, sharing billing with his own heroes like Sleepy Labeef, Scotty Moore and Chuck Berry. "I’m glad that the TV success happened later in life because I could handle it, a lot of people couldn’t. It also saddens me that some missed it the second time around, people like Johnny Kidd who could have taken the whole scene by storm". Freddie Lee is an unassuming bloke, with no time for the superstar syndrome he simply reckons that "If you can’t mix with people what can you do? I am lucky to have travelled the world, met some great people and got paid for what I love to do". Freddie insists that his band also get a mention "these are faithful guys who have followed me through thick and thin. If I can, I fly them out where ever I go. Robin Murly plays Bass, Les Bailly on drums, they have played with just about everyone in the game, and Pete Davenport plays guitar. Pete also works with The Comets and deps for Scotty Moore.

Talents : Singer, Piano, Guitar

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFEJUUqrRNc

ONE-EYED BOOGIE BOY (1978)

I'M A NUT (1979)

TOM DOOLEY (1984)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles, EP & Maxi

1963 EP DECCA DFE 8546 (UK) THE RAVING SAVAGES - EVERYBODY SURF! WITH THE SURFIN' SAVAGES - Surfin' USA / Surfer Joe / Surf City / Surf 'n' Stomp
1964 SP COLUMBIA C 23 852 (GER) . FINGERS LEE & THE UPPER HAND - The Midnight Race / The Storm
1964 SP IMPACT 20.019 (F) . FINGERS LEE & THE UPPER HAND - The Midnight Race / The Storm
1964 SP IMPACT 10.005 (F) FINGERS LEE & THE UPPER HAND - The Midnight Race / The Storm
1964 SP COLUMBIA LL-2259-IM (JAP) . FINGERS LEE & THE UPPER HAND - The Midnight Race / The Storm
10/1965 SP FONTANA TF 619 (UK) . "FINGERS" LEE - The Friendly Undertaker / A Little Bit More
01/1966 SP FONTANA TF 655 (UK) . "FINGERS" LEE - I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog / I Can't Drive
1966 SP COLUMBIA DB 8002 (UK) . FINGERS LEE & THE UPPERHAND - Bossy Boss / Don't Run Away
1966 SP COLUMBIA C 23 395 (GER) FINGERS LEE & THE UPPERHAND - Bossy Boss / Don't Run Away
1967 SP ODEON C 23 395 (GER) . FINGERS LEE & THE UPPERHAND - Bossy Boss / Don't Run Away
1968 SP NEMS 56-3675 (UK) . CHARLIE WOOLFE (feat. Freddie "Fingers" LEE) - Dance Dance Dance / Home
1968 SP CBS 3675 (NL) . CHARLIE WOOLFE (feat. Freddie "Fingers" LEE) - Dance Dance Dance / Home
1968 SP CBS 3349 (UK) . AT LAST THE 1958 ROCK 'N' ROLL SHOW (feat. Freddie "Fingers" LEE) - I Can't Drive / Working On The Railroad
1968 SP CBS 3349 (NL) AT LAST THE 1958 ROCK 'N' ROLL SHOW (feat. Freddie "Fingers" LEE) - I Can't Drive / Working On The Railroad
1968 SP CBS 3349 (GER) AT LAST THE 1958 ROCK 'N' ROLL SHOW (feat. Freddie "Fingers" LEE) - I Can't Drive / Working On The Railroad
1968 SP CBS ? (F) AT LAST THE 1958 ROCK 'N' ROLL SHOW (feat. Freddie "Fingers" LEE) - I Can't Drive / Working On The Railroad
1968 SP EPIC 5-10344 (US) (promo) . AT LAST THE 1958 ROCK 'N' ROLL SHOW (feat. Freddie "Fingers" LEE) - I Can't Drive / Working On The Railroad
1973 SP DECCA F 13435 (UK) . HURRICANE (feat. Freddie "Fingers" LEE) - Mama Was A Honky Tonk Woman / Shakin' An' Breakin'
07/1977 SP BEEB 020 (UK) . Down On The Farm / My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
1978 SP CHARLY CYS 1045 (UK) One-Eyed Boogie Boy / + Steve BLOOMFIELD
1979 SP CHARLY CYS 1053 (UK) One-Eyed Boogie Boy  / I'm A Nut
1979 SP CHARLY CYS 1059 (UK) White Christmas / My Mother
1979 SP ROCKHOUSE SP 7911 (NL) I'm Dreaming Of White Christmas / My Mother
197? SP ? (?) I AM A NUT - I'm A Nut  / ?
197? SP ? (S) SOY UN CHALAO
1980 SP¨AUVI SIRK 172 (S) I'm A Nut / One-Eyed Boogie Boy
1982 SP BIG BEAT BBR 1717 (F) I'm Alabamy Bound / Joe Brown And Me
1984 SP BIG BEAT BBR 1728 (F) Tom Dooley / Hold Me
1984 MAXI BIG BEAT BBR 1019 (F) Tom Dooley  / Hold Me / Chains
1986 SP BIG BEAT SP 1301 (F) . Chains / One Eye's Back '86
1988 SP BLACK GOLD OLDIES NR OLD 004 (B) Rocking The Boogie / Breathless
1990 EP GOOFIN GOOFY 520 (FIN) Streetlights / Tonight / A Dollar Here A Dollar There / I Really Wanna Boogie
1995 SP PIN UP 95021 (GER) Come Back Home / I Ain't Got No Car
199? SP ? (?) BORN TO ROCK - Born To Rock / ?

Albums

1978 LP 12" CHARLY CR 30160 (UK) FREDDIE "FINGERS" LEE - One-Eyed Boogie Boy / I'm Down / Come Back Baby / It's Hard To Lie To You / I'm Gonna Move / Dib Dab Boogie / I Don't Want Your Rockin' Love / I'm Rollin' Home / I'll Come Back / You Paid To Ride / Trying To Get To Memphis / Rock All Night / Pondering And Wandering / Rockin' At My House / I'm A Nut / Two Boiled Eggs
1978 LP 12" ROCKHOUSE 67.526 (NL) FREDDIE "FINGERS" LEE - One-Eyed Boogie Boy / I'm Down / Come Back Baby / It's Hard To Lie To You / I'm Gonna Move / Dib Dab Boogie / I Don't Want Your Rockin' Love / I'm Rollin' Home / I'll Come Back / You Paid To Ride / Trying To Get To Memphis / Rock All Night / Pondering And Wandering / Rockin' At My House / I'm A Nut / Two Boiled Eggs
1978 LP 12" ROCKHOUSE LP 7812 (NL) FREDDIE "FINGERS" LEE - One-Eyed Boogie Boy / I'm Down / Come Back Baby / It's Hard To Lie To You / I'm Gonna Move / Dib Dab Boogie / I Don't Want Your Rockin' Love / I'm Rollin' Home / I'll Come Back / You Paid To Ride / Trying To Get To Memphis / Rock All Night / Pondering And Wandering / Rockin' At My House / I'm A Nut / Two Boiled Eggs
11/1979 LP 12" CHARLY CR 30178 (UK) OL' ONE-EYE'S BACK - Boogie Woogie Fred / Break Up / So Long / Red Hot & Blue / Rocket 88 / Howay The Lads / Closer To You / Frantic Freddie Lee's Rock & Roll Show / Roller Coaster / I'll Be Waiting / My Mother / We're Rockin' / Baby Drink My Wine / Run Down Feelin' Blue
1979 LP 12" ROCKHOUSE LP 7912 (NL) OL' ONE-EYE'S BACK! - Boogie Woogie Fred / Break Up / So Long / Red Hot & Blue / Rocket 88 / Howay The Lads / Closer To You (Marina) / Frantic / Freddie Lee's R&R Revival Show / Roller Coaster / I'll Be Waiting / My Mother / We're Rockin' / Baby Drink My Wine / Run Down Feelin' Blue
1980 LP 12" ROCKHOUSE CA-641 (NL) FREDDIE "FINGERS" LEE - One-Eyed Boogie Boy / I'm Down / Come Back Baby / It's Hard To Lie To You / I'm Gonna Move / Dib Dab Boogie / I Don't Want Your Rockin' Love / I'm Rollin' Home / I'll Come Back / You Paid To Ride / Trying To Get To Memphis / Rock All Night / Pondering And Wandering / Rockin' At My House / I'm A Nut / Two Boiled Eggs
1981 LP 10" BIG BEAT BBR 0021 (F) ROCKIN' WITH MY PIANO - I'm Alabamy Bound / Who's Gonna Put Down / Joe Brown and Me / Angry Young Man / The Bop / Old One Eye's Back / I Got It All For You / The Same Old Way / Nice Like That / You Can Run
1985 LP 12" 45 t. ROCKHOUSE MLP 8419 (NL)

ROCKHOUSE MINI L.P. COLLECTION - One-Eyed Boogie Boy / It's Hard To Lie To You / I Don't Want Your Rockin' Love / Boogie Woogie Fred / Howay The Lads / I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

1986 LP 12" BIG BEAT 2406411 (F) ONE EYE'S BLACK 86 - One Eye's Back 86 / Who's Gonna Put Down / The Same Old Way / Tom Dooley / Chains / I'm Alabamy Bound / Joe Brown And Me / Nice Like That / The Bop
1988 CD BIG BEAT 7904572 (F) ONE EYE'S BLACK - One Eye's Back / I'm Alabamy Bound / The Same Old Way / The Bop / Chains / Joe Brown And Me / Old One Eye's Back / Rockin' The Boogie / Hold Me / Who's Gonna Put Down / Nice Like That / Tom Dooley
1991 CD ROCKHOUSE ROCKCD 9118 (NL) I AM A NUT - One-Eyed Boogie Boy / I'm Down / Come Back Baby / It's Hard To Lie To You / I'm Gonna Move / Dib Dab Boogie / I Don't Want Your Rockin' Love / I'm Rollin' Home / I'll Come Back / You Paid To Ride / Trying To Get To Memphis / Rock All Night / Pondering And Wandering / Rockin' At My House / I'm A Nut / Two Boiled Eggs / Boogie Woogie Fred / Break Up / So Long / Red Hot And Blue / Rocket 88 / Howay The Lads / Roller Coaster / I'll Be Waiting / We're Rockin' / Run Down Feelin' Blue
1991 CD MUSIDISC 107802 (F) BORN TO ROCK - Born To Rock / Doing My Time / Home Town Boogie / Jump Skiddle And Bop / The Fast Lane / Upon The Tyne / Dear Mam Bye Bye / I Want My Baby Back / When The Going Gets Rough / Flim Flam Floosie / Wildfire / Big Fat Mama / Sittin' On The Back Porch / Times Are Getting Harder
1991 CD BOOGIE BOY BBR-12-001 (UK) WANTED - THE ONE EYED BOOGIE BOY - Mean Mad Mother / I Am What I Am / Baby Doll / Tonight I Miss My Baby / 77 Sunset Strip / Hey Rattler / Secret Love / Roll Baby / You Don't Need Me / Two Hearts / Too Many Nights / Ball Of Fire
1994 CD RAZZLE DAZZLE RAZ 811016 (GER) 77 SUNSET STRIP - Mean Mad Mother / I Am What I Am / Baby Doll / Tonight I Miss My Baby / 77 Sunset Strip / Hey Rattler / Secret Love / Roll Bay / You Don't Need Me / Two Hearts / Too Many Nights / Ball Of Fire
1995 CD POLLYTONE PEPCD 104 (UK) THE WILD WEEKEND - Down The Line / Rocky Road Blues / Midnight Special / Blueberry Hill / Forty Days / Great Balls Of Fire / Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee / Red Headed Woman / High School Confidential / C'mon Everybody / It'll Be Me / Frantic / Lights Out / Whole Lotta Shakin'
199? CD JACK DANIELS PROMOTION (UK) DRINK JACK DANIELS - Drink Jack Daniels / Chils / Rocky Road Blues / Shakin' And Breakin' / Mu Bucket's Got A Hole In It / A Dollar Here A Dollar There / Till I Waltz Again With You / Bit By The Boogie / Home / High School Confidential
200? CD BOOGIE BOY ? (UK) FREDDIE FINGERS LEE - Big Pair Of Boppers / Stripes / Heaven In Your Eyes / Rock Island Line / Just A Little Bit / Without You I'm Nothing / Cadillac Black / Red Hot Tootie / Putting On The Style / Tuttie Fruttie
2001 CD BOOGIE BOY ? (UK) PISSED OFF & PISSED UP - Lights Out / Two Steps Forward, One Back / One Eye's Back / Born To Rock / I'm Alabamy Bound / Doing My Time / Same Old Way / Slow Down / Home Town Boogie / The Bop / Jump, Skittle And Bop / My Business, Not Yours / Chains / Upon The Tyne / Joe Brown And Me / The Fast Lane / Dear Mam, Bye Bye
2001 CD BOOGIE BOY ? (UK) WHERE'S MY ROYALTIES YOU BASTARDS - Tom Dooley (1982) / Nice Like That (1982) / Who's Gonna Put You Down (1982) / Mean Woman Blues (live in Vienna, 1994) / Lucky Old Sun (1995) / Secret Love (1995) / Gotta New Love (1995) / Take This Hammer (1995) / Rockin' The Boogie (1982) / The Fool (1972) / Forty Days (live in Vienna, 1994)
2007 CD OXFORD OX-CD FFL 367506 (GER) THE EARLY YEARS - Surfer Joe (Surfin Savages 1963) / Surfin' U.S.A. (Surfin Savages 1963) / Surf City (Surfin Savages 1963) / Surf 'N Stomp (Surfin Savages 1963) / The Friendly Undertaker (1965) / A Little Bit More (1965) / I'm Gonna Buy Me A Dog (1966) / I Can't Drive (1966) / Bossy Boss (Fingers Lee & The Upperhand 1966) / Don't Run Away (Fingers Lee & The Upperhand 1966) / The Storm (Fingers Lee & The Upperhand 1968) / The Midnight Race (Fingers Lee & The Upperhand 1968) / Working On The Railroad (At Last 1958 Rock'n'Roll Show 1968) / I Can't Drive (At Last 1958 Rock'n'Roll Show 1968) / Home (Charlie Woolfe 1968) / Dance Dance Dance (Charlie Woolfe 1968) / Down On The Farm (1977) / My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (1977) / High School Confidential (1979) / Freddy Lee's Rock & Roll Revival Show (1979) / Little Queenie (1979) / High School Confidential (1979)

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